Despite the pandemic, AAA Travel reported last week that 84.5 million Americans are expected to travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3. That's a decline of 34 million travelers—or 29 percent—over the previous year; however, the CDC is currently recommending that Americans limit all travel to mitigate the chances of contracting and/or spreading Covid-19.
If you do plan on traveling this holiday season, the CDC recommends taking a Covid-19 test one to three days before travel and another three to five days after travel, as well as restricting nonessential activities for seven days after travel. Travelers should be aware of these and other local and state travel restrictions, including testing requirements and quarantine orders, and additional CDC guidance for before, during and after their travels. Consistent use of face masks, combined with social distancing and regular hand washing are the best ways to lower the risk of contracting Covid-19.